About

Interesting People Reading Poetry is a short, sound-rich podcast created by Andy & Brendan Stermer. We ask artists and luminaries to read us a favorite poem and share what it means to them. Guests include U.S. Representative Ilhan OmarOn Being host Krista Tippett, MacArthur “genius” entomologist Dr. Marla Spivak, James Beard award-winning chef Amy Thielen, NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea, and novelist Chris Kraus, among many others.

We’ve been featured by the CBC Podcast Playlist, City Pages, Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota Monthly, the Poetry FoundationFlyover, and Millenials Don’t Suck.

Brendan Stermer
Brendan Stermer (host, producer, editor) & Andy Stermer (composer, producer, editor)

With their favorite poem for a prompt, our guests have explored questions including: ​What is the meaning of home to a refugee?What is God and what does God feel like?​;How can poetry save science from itself?; Why should we not steal the brown pills from granny’s medicine cabinet?

We feature one short listener poem at the end of every episode. To submit, call the Haiku Hotline at 612-440-0643 and read your poem after the beep. For the occasional prompt, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Contact us at interestingpeoplereadingpoetry@gmail.com.

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